TRAINER Aidan O’Brien suggested that that Minding was ready to take on male opposition after his star filly won her sixth Group 1 race landing the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood, Saturday.

“The great thing about Minding is that she does conserve herself now,” O’Brien said. “She’s become very professional which is marvellous and what you look for in a horse, really. She only does what she has to do and that’s why she’s able to keep coming back.”

Minding (1-5) had to be shuffled along to deny Queen’s Trust after jockey Ryan Moore got trapped in a pocket behind rivals as the field turned for home. Her ability to adapt was never in doubt, however and Moore said:  “It was always going to be a messy sort of race today and it was just a question of keeping it as simple as possible.”

O’Brien concluded: “The lads will have to make their minds up where they’re going to go. She has a lot of options open to her, but she’s probably ready to go most roads now. She could go to York, Leopardstown, she has a lot of options. She could have a bit of a break and then there’s France.”

Miding, by Galileo, is owned by the Magnier, Smith and Tabor families connected to Coolmore Stud and Ballydoyle in Ireland.

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